KENNETH B. AXELRAD
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Ken was born to Nate and Ruth Axelrad on April 26, 1928, in Salt Lake City, UT and passed away on August 31, 2012, in Simi Valley, CA.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who had many passions. He attended Los Angeles High School and earned his BA, Social Science degree at CSULA.
He was a proud veteran who served our country for 26 years, in various branches of the military, enlisting at age 18 and re-enlisting multiple times. He was Technical Sergeant in the LA High School ROTC battalion. His first enlistment was with the Army, as a Corporal. After that, he was a Master Sergeant, serving in the Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, California Army National Guard, and Air National Guard.
Ken was passionate about his volunteer work as a reserve police officer. His recognition included being honored as LAPD Reserve Officer of the Year 8 times.
The Boy Scouts of America decorated him with the highest adult honor, the Silver Beaver Award, as well as election to the Order of the Arrow.
Ken's traffic engineering career with the City of LA spanned 30 years.
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Audrey; his children, Jim (Pam), Kathy (Rick) Memmott, Julie (John) Leichtle and Tom (Cherèe); his grandchildren, Rhonda Memmott (Matt Leonard), Brian Memmott (Nicole Bohlke), Jason (Jennifer) Axelrad, Eric Leichtle, Allison (J.C.) Kester, Stephanie Leichtle and Emily Axelrad; great-grandchildren, Natalie Axelrad and Parker Memmott. He's predeceased by his parents and sister, Donna.
Ken will be honored at a funeral service at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Rose Family Funeral Home at 4444 Cochran St., Simi Valley, CA 93063.
In lieu of flowers, the donations can be made to the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation (http://lapmf.org), an organization that had assisted Ken.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Sept. 6, 2012